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The Hawaiian Fortune Teller

Back in early 2020, before the shut down, I went on vacation with my family to my favorite place in the whole wide world – Hawaii. I really do love Hawaii. I’ve been there a bunch of times and every time I go, I try to dig a little deeper into the local culture. The

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The Vargas Family Christmas Tradition

Every family has a Christmas tradition. Some people sing Christmas carols around their neighborhood while others bake Christmas cookies. The Vargas family does things a bit different. We make tamales. And not just a few tamales. We make TONS of tamales. Why tamales for Christmas, you ask? It’s actually a California tradition. I read an

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Oh How I Used to Hate My Job

Back in the late 1990’s I worked for a big box store called Price Club. If you’ve never heard of Price Club, I’m not surprised, but you’ve probably know of the store and maybe even shopped at it a time or two because it eventually rebranded itself as Costco. I had a secure job there

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Need a Friday Chuckle?

I’ve been back for a couple of days now and I’ve gotta say it’s good to be back. The two weeks I spent on the trails with my son, Ernie Jr., was absolutely amazing, but I did miss the rest of the Vargas clan and, to be honest, I missed working. I absolutely love helping

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Off We Go!

My emails over the next two weeks will probably be a bit short. This hike at the Philmont Boy Scout Ranchi s is going to be something else. And between the long, grueling days of hiking and the near-complete lack of internet, it’s going to be a little bit hard to get these out. In

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I’m Gonna Need a Vacation From my Vacation

A couple of my Probate Fox teammates just got back from vacation this past week. Mark, our director of marketing, was camping with his wife Laura (who is seven months pregnant) and their eight kids in the Northwoods of Wisconsin last week. Rob, who helps with our probate leads division, went with his family to

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I Made My Kids Cringe Yesterday…A Lot

Yesterday was it a great day for the Vargas family. After church, we just hung out together all day to celebrate Father’s Day. For a lot of families, Father’s Day is just a day that dad gets to spend more time on the golf course or in his “man cave”. For me, it has an

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Probate Mag Cum Laude

It’s always nice to take a break, slow down, and appreciate what we have and why we have it. In years past, I would take my family camping for the weekend. All six of us would pack up and head out to a San Diego camp. We made so many memories over the years camping

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Is it Time to Give Yourself a Little Lovin’

Valentine’s day is great and all. The good Lord knows I need a regular kick in the pants to show my wife, Kathy, how much I love and appreciate her, but I believe it is just as important to give ourself a little love too. Just the other day a friend and I were talking

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Too Many Tamales

Did you parents have a book or story they would read to you every Christmas? In our family, we have a book we would read the kiddos when they were younger every year. It was all about the aftermath of having made tamales during Christmas.And because our family’s tradition has always been to make tamales

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Hope to Sweet baby Jesus you don’t have to buy the tamales…

January 6th is a special day in the Vargas household. We have some fun traditions we celebrate which involve cake, tamales, gifts and a little bit of Spanish.In fact, every one of my kids gets a gift today because today we celebrate…Día de Los Reyes Magos (Three kings day)Día de los reyes magos (three kings

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Celebration of Our Freedom Happy 4th of July

Many of us will be celebrating with our families and friends perhaps at a barbecue or even with fireworks. But I would like to share with you that this July 4 officially marks the 243rd birthday of our great nation. As you celebrate freedom and liberty think about how great of a gift that you

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